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Thursday, 5 June 2003
Page: 16195


Dr KEMP (Minister for the Environment and Heritage) (9:17 AM) —I move:

That this bill be now read a second time.

This bill forms part of the legislative package of reforms to the Commonwealth's ozone protection legislation, which is designed to create a comprehensive regulatory scheme for the management of ozone depleting substances and synthetic greenhouse gases where they are used as a substitute for ozone depleting substances.

This bill will extend the existing levies on imports of ozone depleting substances under the Ozone Protection (Licence Fees—Imports) Act 1995 to the synthetic greenhouse gas replacements for ozone depleting substances.

Levies collected under this bill will enable the government to administer, on a full cost recovery basis, the licensing and quota scheme of the Ozone Protection Act 1989 as amended by the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Legislation Amendment Bill 2003. It will also enable delivery of programs designed to assist Australian industry to both phase out of ozone depleting substances and minimise the emissions of ozone depleting substances and their synthetic greenhouse gas replacements.

I present the explanatory memorandum to the bill.

Debate (on motion by Mr Edwards) adjourned.